E-X-T-R-A-O-R-D-I-N-A-R-Y Win At National Spelling Bee


“What’s the definition?’

“The outcome that occurs when the National Spelling Bee runs out of the hard words and declares an eight-way tie in the contest.’

“Can you use it in a sentence?’

“After a grueling evening of spelling of the toughest words we had, we’ve decided the best solution is to have octochamps.’

“Word origin, please?’

“Shut up.’

Yep, something “un-bee-livable” happened at the Scripps Spelling Bee Thursday night – there were EIGHT winners.

Live on sports network ESPN, that makes its bank covering winners, it ended up covering eight of them — the “Elite Eight.’

It wasn’t the first time the competition had ended in a tie. There have been six two-way ties in the 92-year-old event.

But no one, especially the event organizers expected this.

That may throw a wrench is to several of the prop bets offered at BetOnline, we’ll just have see how it sorts itself out.

After round 17, Jacques Baily who is the event’s word pronouncer, told the remaining spellers that the contest was going into “uncharted’ territory.

“We do have plenty of words remaining in our list, but we’ll soon run out of words that will challenge you,’ Baily told the group. “We’re throwing the dictionary at you. And so far, you are showing the dictionary whose boss.’

Contestants then went on to correctly spell one word each in the final three rounds, each having a moment of triumph with fellow spellers cheering them on.

The winners are: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.

The words they spelled for victory: pendeloque, palama, cernuous, bougainvillea, erysipelas, auslaut, odylic and aiguillette.

Instead of sharing the $50,000 prize, each winner will get $50,000 and a replica of the trophy.

Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,’ all eight declared, nearly in unison, that they will be saving the money for college.

“(It was) the culmination of months and even years of hard work. It was definitely worth it,’ Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Texas, said on “GMA.’

If you wagered on the bee, well, we’ll have to see how the sportsbooks sort this out.

Number of Letters in The Winning Word

  • Under 9½ Letters -140

  • Over 9½ Letters +100

Two of the words were longer than 9 letters and all the rest were under.

Will The Winner Have Braces

  • No -200

  • Yes +150

None appear to have braces – unless they are Invisaligns.

Will The Winner Wear Glasses

  • No -150

  • Yes +110

Six of the winners have glasses.

Will There be Co-Champions

  • No -400

  • Yes +250

Obviously yes.

Will The Winner be Male or Female

  • Male -130

  • Female -110